Kaka
Hu Liangzhi 
China
NewBee
Plays selflessly and nets a win
July 6, 2017
Kaka finished Newbee's 1-0 victory over Evil Geniuses during the group stages of MDL 2017 with a final KDA of 5/7/23
ANALYSIS
Kaka played a support Nightstalker in a tri-lane safe lane. Though Kaka died often early in the game, usually spelling doom for an aggressive four-role support, he was able to ensure kills were going the way of his carry. Keeping EG on their toes and providing good vision for his teammates, Newbee returned the favor to Kaka with a decisive victory over Evil Geniuses.
Unique roles ill-suited for showdown with EG
May 29, 2017
Kaka finished Newbee's 3-1 loss to Evil Geniuses during the Grand Finals of the Manila Major with a final KDA of 11/25/49.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, kaka's Nightstalker was easily kited by the ranged lineup of Evil Geniuses as Newbee was easily handled in under 30 minutes. In Game 2, kaka played Sand King. Aided by kpii's Siren's Song and a sense of urgency from EG, kaka landed many Burrowstrikes and many multi-player ultimates as well. In Game 3, kaka tried to repeat his previous performance as Sand King. Not a team to be fooled twice, Evil Geniuses were ready and made certain that kaka's fortune was reversed. In Game 4, kaka played a roaming Clockwerk. Completely devoid of ideas, Newbee tried to run a similar strategy to Evil Geniuses' Game 1 lineup. Failing miserably, Newbee was vanquished and Evil Geniuses hoisted the trophy.
Newbee's support plays an excellent series
May 26, 2017
Kaka played a great series in Newbee's 2-0 win over Evil Geniuses at the Manila Masters. He finished with a 6/8/40 KDA. With this win, Newbee advanced to the grand final.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kaka played Sand King. He did a good job making support Sand King work, finishing his Blink Dagger around 15 minutes. This essentially morphed him into a fourth core hero for Newbee, which gave them a massive advantage in fights. Kaka finished with a 2/5/24 KDA. In Game 2 Kaka played support Clockwerk. He was an absolute menace in this game, roaming all over the map and finding kill after kill. Of Newbee's 23 kills in Game 2, Kaka was involved in 20 of them. He finished the game with a 4/3/16 KDA.
Solid showing from Newbee's support
May 25, 2017
Kaka played a good series in Newbee's 2-1 win over Team Secret at the Manila Masters. He finished with an overall KDA of 11/9/44.
ANALYSIS
Kaka played Night Stalker support in Game 1. His first night time was extremely effective, and Kaka didn't slow down at all afterwards. He finished an extremely impressive 20-minute Aghanim's Scepter, which gave Newbee a commanding vision advantage for the rest of the game. Kaka finished with a 5/2/16 KDA. In Game 2 Kaka played support Weaver. Despite having a Drow Ranger to boost his damage, Kaka was extremely ineffective as a support. Newbee's planned lanes were ruined by a Secret Broodmother pick, and they never really managed to get back on their feet. Kaka finished Game 2 with a 2/4/5 KDA. In Game 3 Kaka played support Night Stalker again. He had another good game, reminiscent of Game 1. Kaka secured another quick Aghanim's Scepter, 24 minutes this time, giving Newbee the same vision advantage they enjoyed in Game 1. Kaka finished with a 4/3/23 KDA.
One good Rubick game not enough for Newbee captain
May 21, 2017
Kaka had an underwhelming performance for Newbee as they were swept by TNC in Starladder. The captain finished with a KDA of 4/9/18.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Kaka went with Rubick. His early game wasn't eye-catching by any means but he turned it around in the later stages. When he got his Aghanim's Scepter, he made a lot of sweet turn around plays for his team. He even stole a crucial Flaming Lasso from SamH that allowed them to make the game last much longer than it would have otherwise. In Game 2, his Kunkka didn't result too much. His early rotations worked for a short period of time, but afterwards he struggled into making anything happen for his team.
Solid series from Newbee's support
May 20, 2017
Kaka played well in both games of Newbee's 2-0 win over Vega at the second StarLadder Invitational. He finished with an overall KDA of 8/6/44.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kaka played support Weaver. With Moogy's Drow Ranger to give him bonus damage, Kaka was able to be an early game threat while transitioning into a powerful utility hero late-game with his Aghanim's Scepter Time Lapse. He finished with a 6/2/22 KDA. Kaka played Nyx Assassin support in Game 2. He did an excellent job on a hero that can struggle as a support. Kaka managed to find the experience that he needed to make his Nyx Assassin effective, and was a major thorn in the side of Vega in fights. He finished the game with a 2/4/22 KDA.
Sloppy showing from Newbee drafter
May 19, 2017
Team captain Kaka was powerless to help Newbee as they were swept by Vega in Starladder. The highly ranked support player finished with a KDA of 6/23/21.
ANALYSIS
Averaging nearly 12 deaths is never an encouraging sign, even as a support player in competitive Dota, and Kaka did just that. He picked Kunkka in Game 1 and was expected to make things happen for his team early. This was far from what he accomplished, as he turned out to be a free bag of gold for his opponents with his sloppy positioning. Game 2 wasn't much better for his Sand King. He died 12 times despite being on a fairly tricky hero to track down. His 217 gold per minute underlined his appalling play in the series.
Forgetabble showing from Newbee captain
April 24, 2017
Newbee captain Kaka had a pedestrian performance for his team as they lost 0-2 to Digital Chaos in the Kiev Major. The support finished with a KDA of 8/19/29.
ANALYSIS
Kaka's performance on the Earth Spirit left a lot to be desired. He was the sole Infest host for his Lifestealer carry, but his initiations were not on point as they struggled to make their combo work. His 12 deaths highlighted his many unforced errors of the match. In Game 2, his Monkey King was slightly better, but was not enough to give his team the edge. His decision to pick up the meta popular Hand of Midas in the 18-minute mark instead of going for a Skull Basher was his noticeable mistake of the game.
Lackluster performance from Newbee captain
April 4, 2017
Kaka did not contribute much to Newbee's cause as they were swept by Invictus Gaming in DAC 2017. The 9,000 Matchmaking Points player finished with a KDA of 1/11/21.
ANALYSIS
Kaka is heavily relied upon by his team to make apply the early pressure on their opponents. But this time around Kaka was the one to succumb to the pressure. In the series opener, he went with his favorite Earth Spirit. Kaka had a low-key early pressuring iG minimally, but it was very much negligible. He didn't have any eye-catching plays in Game 1 as he only managed one kill. In the following game, Kaka tried his luck on the Keeper of the Light. He helped his offlane in the early game and managed a good Aghanim's Scepter timing at 20 minutes. Kaka slowed down the push of iG to the best of his abilities, but his cores were too far behind as they eventually concede.
Rocky series for Newbee's support
March 31, 2017
Kaka looked good in Game 1, but fell flat Newbee's 0-2 loss to OG on the first day of DAC 2017 playoffs. He finished with a 7/12/16 KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kaka played Lion. Newbee picked Lion as an effective Storm Spirit counter and to add some extra disables to their lineup. Kaka proved useful in finding kills on Ana's Storm Spirit, especially once he finished a Blink Dagger. Although he was a thorn in the side of OG, he wasn't annoying enough to secure a win. Kaka finished with a 2/8/5 KDA. In Game 2 Kaka played Io. He made some nice moves around the map in the early game, but ultimately felt very underwhelming on the hero. Compared to teams that regularly use Io like Liquid, Kaka looked very uncomfortable on the hero. He finished with a 5/4/11 KDA.
Silent but deadly performance from Newbee captain
March 29, 2017
Kaka was a linchpin for Newbee with his support play against Team NP in DAC 2017. The 9,000 MMR player showed his worth with a KDA of 14/12/34.
ANALYSIS
Kaka kicked off the series with the Chinese favorite Monkey King in the roaming support role. He provided key information early on in the game and was the initiator for much of the early game. Team NP scrambled to keep up with Kaka's mischief as he dictated the flow of the match. His seven kills on the hero was an impressive feat given that the hero has received several nerfs recently. In Game 2, Kaka was on the flashy Rubick. He was again a nuisance for Team NP as his early rotations were a thing of beauty. He also notably stole Beastmaster's Primal Roar several times in the game.
Can't get off the ground against EG
March 29, 2017
Kaka finished Newbee's 2-0 loss to Evil Geniuses during the DAC 2017 group stages with a final KDA of 1/13/14.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1, Kaka tried to support uuu9's Ursa in a dual off lane as Slardar. With no true supports in their lineup, Newbee were doomed from the start and their Naga couldn't turn it around before EG seized victory. In Game 2, Kaka played a roaming Earth Spirit. Once again unable to get anything going for his team, Kaka and Newbee were swept aside quickly, with no fight left in them after the previous loss.
Consistent play from the Newbee support
January 8, 2017
KaKa finished Newbee's 2-1 victory over Wings Gaming during the semi-finals of ESL Genting with a KDA of 8/14/47.
ANALYSIS
KaKa played Winter Wyvern in Game 1 in a tri-lane off lane. He was mostly along for the ride, racking up assists as sccc mowed down Wings' heroes at every turn. In Game 2, KaKa played a greedy semi-support Weaver, similar to VP.LiL. Though he found good farm and made decent item timings, he was unable to make the complete transition to a core role before it was too late. In Game 3, KaKa played Rubick and roamed about the map. Rushing a Blink Dagger, KaKa was able to help his team secure an early lead. His stellar Rubick plays helped keep Newbee in the game and pull out a late win and set up a date with Digital Chaos in the grand finals.
Mixed performance in ESL One Genting finals leaves Newbee in second place
January 8, 2017
Kaka looked good on Sand King, but couldn't deliver on other heroes in Newbee's 2-3 loss to Digital Chaos in the grand finals of ESL One Genting. He finished with an overall KDA of 9/20/54.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Kaka played support Sand King. Although he was a bit slow to get going, once he got his Blink Dagger the game opened up for Newbee. With kpii to start fights for him, Kaka was well equipped to control DC with carefully placed Burrowstrikes. Kaka finished Game 1 with a 4/1/16 KDA. In Game 2 Kaka played support Slardar. It took him a very long time to finish up his Blink Dagger, not getting the item until 19 minutes in. Although he was much more effective once he picked it up, it was too little too late for Newbee. They managed to hang on and defend the base for a long time, but Digital Chaos eventually ground them down. Kaka finished with a 1/7/12 KDA. In Game 3 Kaka played support Sand King again. He finished his Blink Dagger by 16 minutes this game, his best timing of the series. With their initiation secured, Newbee were able to take extremely convincing teamfight wins on their way to a Game 3 win. Kaka finished with a 3/1/13 KDA. In Game 4 Kaka played Io. He did a nice job hanging behind his team, ready to save teammates with Relocate or just provide some healing with Tether. Although Kaka did a decent job piloting Io, it is clear what separates players like zai or Solo from other Io players. He finished the game with a 0/5/4 KDA. In the final game Kaka played Ogre Magi. This was a very uneventful and disappointing game from Kaka. He spent some time middle at the start of the game to harass w33's Queen of Pain, but this wasn't enough to secure the lane for Sccc. It wasn't long until Kaka was stuck in the role of Bloodlust bot and condemned to die in almost every fight. He finished with a 1/6/9 KDA.
Gets hot at the right times in victory
January 6, 2017
Kaka played well when he was needed most as Newbee defeated Virtus.Pro 2-1 in Day 1 of ESL Genting. Kaka finished with a 13/7/39 KDA in the series.
ANALYSIS
In a series that was full of swings, Kaka's play mirrored the success of his teammates. When Newbee was clicking, Kaka was at his best, but Kaka was then ineffective when Newbee trailed. Game 1 was a time when Newbee was clicking as Kaka's Weaver play helped them run away with the win. Game 2, Newbee faced more adversity, and Kaka crumbled. Now with a series loss at risk, Newbee played inspired as their entire team played perfectly to close the series. Kaka needs to be able to play well from behind, but overall his performance was strong.